June 4, 2001 • By Ed Wrather
Yet man is born to trouble. - Job 5:7a.
Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. - Job 14:1.
A recent letter to a business columnist states: “Recently I messed up a really important project. I’m so embarrassed in front of my co-workers that I hate going to work.” It was signed, “First-time failure.”
I think the writer has it right when they indicate it is only the first time that they will fail. I am just surprised that they are only now having their first failure. In regard to trouble, you are in one of three areas. You have just gotten out of trouble. You are in trouble right now, or you are headed for trouble.
Job had more than his share of trouble. His family was destroyed along with all of his possessions. From there it became even worse with his physical body being attacked by disease. Job says in Job 5:7, “man is born to trouble.” But after going through even more trauma Job repeats this and adds to his previous statement in Job 14:1 where he says, “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble.” Man did not just have trouble in life, but it was "full of trouble” according to Job.
Even the apostle Paul had his share of problems (2 Corinthians 11:23-28). If Paul had problems, you can be sure that every Christian is going to have problems as well. But the difference between the child of God and the non-Christian is that God promises to go with us through the problems of life. The Psalmist says, “God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in the time of trouble (Psalm 46:1).” Jesus says in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Yes, we will have trouble, problems, trials, and difficulties in this world. However, we must not focus on them but upon the problem solver. David said in Psalm 73:16, “I tried to think this problem through, but it was too difficult for me, until I went into Your temple.” When the day of trouble comes let us take them to the Lord.